'Knightfall' season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about History Channel's period drama
History Channel's flagship series 'Vikings,' will air its final season later this year, but 'Knightfall,' may already be geared up to take its spot. Season 1 of the medieval period drama first aired on December 6, 2017, and received mixed reviews. While some hailed it as "prolific," others called it "predictable," but season 2 promises to deliver a skyrocketing hit, how? Because Mark Hamill has been cast and fans are brimming with excitement.
Taking to the comment section of online platforms, especially YouTube, fans wrote that Hamill is not only playing history's real "Jedi Knight," but is also guaranteeing a cult following for the show. "Clever move by the producers to cast Mark Hamill. I'm sure season 2's ratings will skyrocket," said one user. Another added "Dammit. I’m going to have to watch a new show because of Mark Hamill."
Season 2 of 'Knightfall,' is slated to air on Monday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET on History Channel.
The premise of season 1's 'Knightfall,' focused on the final days of the Knights Templar during the 14th century. It also explained why Friday the 13th is synonymous with bad luck, cue, the story of the Knights Templar.
The withering of one of the most powerful organizations in the Christian world, 'Knights Templar,' prompts the warrior monks to do all it takes to retain and protect what remains. Years after the Templars' last stronghold, Acre, has fallen, a rumor is heard that the lost Grail is still in that area. The Templars, led by the courageous, headstrong, and noble Templar Knight Landry get resolute to regain a foothold in the Holy Land. So they take their battle back to the Holy Land and their battles become the Crusades. The Templars end up making powerful enemies, including the King of France.
Now in season 2, the question is of the real Grail. In season 1, the Grail seemed to save Landry and Joan's baby, but it laid doubts when Templar Master Berenger investigated the now-smashed relic and uncovered a vial that contained a scroll with names on it which he proceeded to swallow. The cliffhanger was if the Grail was an authentic one and if the Knights Templar or the villainous King Philip has the real Grail.
This season, fans can expect the conflict between King Philip and Landry to continue as Philip will try to obtain the Grail and Landry will try his best to ensure he doesn’t get his hands on it.
The majority of the core cast will likely be returning for season two, including the protagonist, Tom Cullen as fictional Knights Templar leader Landry du Lauzon, Ed Stoppard as King Philip IV of France, Julian Ovenden as William de Nogaret and Pádraic Delaney as Gawain. Olivia Ross will likely not return as Queen Joan of France as she was killed by King Philip.
The major incoming this season is Mark Hamill, who will be playing Talus, a Knights Templar veteran of the Crusades who survived captivity for 10 years and is tasked with training new recruits in the ways of the Force to the Order. He will be joined by Tom Forbes and Genevieve Gaunt as King Philip's violent and unpredictable son Prince Louis and daughter Isabella, respectively.
'Knightfall' is co-created by American filmmaker Don Handfield (The Founder, Touchback) and British author Richard Rayner (Crash Unit). Aaron Helbing (Spartacus, Halo 4, The Flash) serves as the showrunner for 'Knightfall' Season 2, taking over from Dominic Minghella.
History released the official trailer for 'Knightfall' Season 2 on February 10 and teased Mark Hamill's debut as Talus alongside Tom Cullen's Sir Landry du Lauzon. The 2-minute, 16-second video showed Talus as a Knight Templar veteran and a master who is tasked to prepare the next generation of men to proudly wear the red cross on their chests and become "God’s Executioners." Shuffling between giving out wise advice and punching people, the trailer balanced both dialogues and action.
Where to watch
Season 2 will return to History Channel at 10 p.m. ET and it may be available on Netflix, as season 1 already is. However, that hasn't been confirmed yet.
Season 1 recap
'Knightfall' season 1 concluded with a bang as King Philip murdered his wife, Queen Joan, as she pleaded for her lover Landry to be saved. The Grail managed to save the unborn child, who was delivered through C-section, but not Joan. In a fit of rage, Landry threw the cup and broke the holy relic; the cup that Jesus drank from. However, it is speculated that the Holy Grail might not have been the real one since when Templar Master Berenger examined the smashed relic, he discovered a vial holding a list of names which even had Landry's name on it.
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